What is the best library in the Helsinki area to use if I want to sit down with my own laptop for a few hours and get some work done? I'll need internet access, preferably WiFi, and access to a power plug. I currently live in Kallio.
The wireless internet connection service named Stadinetti can be used in every city library in Helsinki. For using Stadinetti, you need a HelMet library card and PIN code. If you don’t have them, you can get them from your local library by showing your identification card (for example your passport or Finnish driving licence).
It’s really hard to say which library would be the best one for you, but all the libraries have certainly space for you and your laptop and a power plug. The nearest one would be Kallio Library (http://www.lib.hel.fi/en-GB/kallio/), street address Viides linja 11 (see http://kartta.hel.fi/opas/indexen.html). Kallio Library is a big library, so there should be a lot of space.
My favourite library is Pasila Library (http://www.lib.hel.fi/en-GB/pasila/), street address Rautatieläisenkatu 8, which is the main library in Helsinki. Pasila Library has a lot of space, too, and it’s pleasant, airy and relatively cool at summer.